Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne.
Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne.

Power cost hike sparks attack on Keppel MP

MEMBER for Rockhampton Bill Byrne has hit out at Keppel MP Bruce Young for betraying his government's promise to keep the cost of electricity and living low.

Mr Byrne said last week's announcement that electricity prices would soar by 13% would cause power bills to be the dearest they had ever been.

"We now see that one of the basic costs of living, that is power to run a fridge, light the home or cook a meal, is going to take a huge hike and it is up to Mr Young to explain to the electors of central Queensland what he intends to do about his broken promise," Mr Byrne said.

Even taking the carbon tax into account, electricity prices would rise above levels promised by Mr Young.

"In reality, Mr Young parroted the party line about capping electricity prices and keeping increases to a minimum and that clearly is not what happened."

Mr Byrne said voters were already complaining about their power bills.

Mr Young responded yesterday by asking Mr Byrne what his plans were to reduce power costs.

"Labor has no plans and is re-assembling the old gang that created the mess in the first place," he said.

"I can assure the Member for Rockhampton, the government is doing all in its power to reduce electricity costs. There are no quick fixes to electricity pricing in Queensland, it can only be described as a 'bloody mess'.

"We are currently working on legislation to address the largest component of household power bills, network costs (poles and wires), by reducing unnecessary infrastructure and significant reform to Powerlink, Energex and Ergon Energy to make them more efficient."


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